Burning Unpalletized Ammunition. Unpalletized ammunition
is burned using
the same methods
pallets, except that loose boxes are placed on a bed of combustible material, covered with fuel oil or diesel fuel,
Initiating the Firing System
The last actions to take are to ensure that everyone has evacuated to the assembly point, to tie in the blasting caps,
and to initiate the detonation. Once at the assembly point, take a head count to ensure that all personnel are
accounted for. Tie blasting caps into the detonating cord using the same accessories and procedures used for
tying detonating cord. Initiate the firing system only after final clearance has been received.
Safety During ED Operations
Safety is the first consideration when undertaking any destruction operation. The observance of basic safety
precautions is mandatory regardless of the urgency of the situation. Some safety factors to be considered are as
Follow only published procedures.
Use only trained personnel for ED operations.
Use the correct demolition procedures.
Keep the number of personnel involved in handling explosives to a minimum (but no fewer than two).
Determine the danger radius based on the ammunition or explosives to be destroyed. The radius may not be
less than 1,000 meters, with personnel warned and under cover.
Notify adjacent units.
When destroying pyrotechnics, face away from the disposal site.
When destroying riot-control agents, carry a protective mask.
Use extreme caution when handling gasoline and highly-volatile solvents.
Consider the wind direction when burning explosives.